Coronavirus vaccine proves 90% successful in trials
20 November 2020, 18:22:34
In the last week, 3 different vaccines have been tested and companies say that they are all over 90% effective in protecting people from Coronavirus. These vaccines will still have to undergo more tests before they can be used on the public.
If the vaccines are approved and are ready for injecting into the public, they will have to be transported on a plane or a truck with ice packs as the vaccine will not be effective if in hotter conditions. Some countries, like the UK and US have already pre-ordered millions of vaccines so their countries can be the first to become immune.
The first people to get the vaccine will be elderly people over 85 as they have a weaker immune system than younger people. After the oldest people have had the vaccine, they will start injecting it into adults and the deaths and cases from coronavirus should lower. Children are not expected to get the vaccine, as they tend to not get very ill from Coronavirus.
How does the vaccine work? The vaccine is a small or dead amount of Coronavirus being injected into your body. When your body sees this, your immune system can easily defeat it and recognise it as a virus as it is a small dose. If you ever come across the virus again, your immune system will have a battle plan and will fight it easily, making sure you don’t get ill. Scientists make the vaccine by taking some of its genetic code and then changing it before putting it in a vaccine.
Scientists predict that by next Christmas, most people will be immune to the Coronavirus and hope that families will be able to meet for Christmas celebrations and parties.
Coronavirus vaccine illustration (From pixabay.com, thank you to Alexandra_Koch for kind permission)